As I settle into my job as instructional coach in a new school district this year, I am still orienting myself to my surroundings. I believe I have finally located all of the staff bathrooms, and I have found both copy machines. I have a pretty firm layout of the two-story building and if you came to visit me, I could probably take you on a guided tour without getting us lost. I have noticed the classrooms are all carpeted (rather than tiled) which makes every room feel like my living room. I am still acclimating myself to the ever-present technology. Chromebooks, iPads, and green screens are everywhere.
One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is evidence of good writing instruction. This has been a constant in every classroom I have had the pleasure of working in this year. I notice anchor chart after anchor chart highlighting important writing lessons. Come along as I take you on an anchor chart tour in the classrooms of our school:
I hope these charts confirmed some of your current teaching or nudged you to think in new ways.
As I continue to ground myself in my new environment, I am comforted by the old, familiar feel of kids learning how to be writers.
Literacy Coach, Reader, Writer